On-line tutorials: What kind of inference leads to the most effective learning?

John B. Black, J. Scott Bechtold, Marco Mitrani, John M. Carroll

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Abstract

This paper presents an empirical study comparing the effectiveness of four different versions of an on-line database tutorial, each of which calls upon the student to perform a different kind of inference. The general-to-specific version presents instructions in the form of general rules, from which the student s expected to infer how to apply the rule in the give context. The explanation-to-specific version supplies information about the functional organization of the database program in addition to general rules. The specific-to&-specific condition gives an example of the use of a command; the student must infer how to apply the command in a slightly different context. The control version gives explicit instructions. The best performance on a post-test consisting of realistic tasks was obtained from the general-to-specific and explanation-to-specific conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 1989
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages81-83
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)0897913019, 9780897913010
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989
Event1989 SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 1989 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Apr 30 1989Jun 4 1989

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Other

Other1989 SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 1989
CountryUnited States
CityAustin, TX
Period4/30/896/4/89

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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